EDWARD P. BREWER, M.D.
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
EDWARD P. BREWER, M.D., is an esteemed and successful physician of Norwich, his native town. A son of Pliny and Ellen M. (Whittemore) Brewer, he traces his descent by both parents to English colonists who came to New England in the early part of the seventeenth century. His great great grandfather, Isaac Brewer, first, died about the time of the Revolutionary War. Isaac Brewer, second, son of the first Isaac, married in 1747 Sibyl Miller, of Ludlow, Mass. They had eleven children, five sons and six daughters. Of these one son died in infancy and one at the age of seventeen. Lyman, the youngest son and tenth child, married Harriet Tyler, of Norwich, settled there, and became the father of Arthur Brewer. Isaac Brewer died when forty-seven years of age. Chauncey Brewer, born about 1776, who was the seventh child and third son, and who located in Wilbraham, Hampden County, Mass., owned a large tract of land extending from Ludlow to Springfield. He married Asenath Mandeville, who, with her father, had recently come from England. Seven sons and two daughters were born to them, of whom Pliny was the youngest. The mother, who survived the father several years, died at Norwich in 1871, over eighty years of age.
     
Pliny Brewer was born November 27, 1823, in Ludlow, Mass. When fourteen years of age he left home and came to Norwich. About the year 1848 he went into the clothing business with his brother, John M. Brewer. Me was in trade until 1862, when he enlisted for nine months' service in the Civil War, and went out as Lieutenant of Company G, Twenty-sixth Connecticut Regiment, which was assigned to the Department of the Gulf. After an absence of about a year he returned home, and was in active business until the spring of 1889, when he retired. In or about 1851 he was married to Ellen M. Whittemore, a native of Providence, K.I. Her ancestry is traced in England to the year 1211. Samuel Whittemore, the founder of the American family, came to the country in 1630. He purchased meadow lands along the Charles River, which were deeded to him by Cotton Mather. These lands, after having been in the family's possession for about two hundred and fifty years, were sold within the past twenty-five or thirty years. Several representatives of the Whittemore family were conspicuous as officers in the Revolution. Mrs. Ellen M. Brewer's grandfather served as Lieutenant throughout the war, being in the campaign against Burgoyne. Her greatgrandfather, Benjamin Cady, and his son joined the Revolutionary army from Killingly, Conn. Her mother died in 1896, when eighty-five years of age. The children of Pliny Brewer and his wife were: Mary, now living in Norwich; Florence, a resident of Wichita, Kan.; Edward P., the subject of this sketch; and Frank, who was a medical student, and died of diphtheria in New York City. The mother's death occurred in Norwich, in December 1895, when she was sixty-four years old.
       
Edward P. Brewer received the greater part of his college preparatory education under a private tutor. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Later he graduated from the Dartmouth Medical College. He continued his studies in New York and Philadelphia for five years. Then, in 1881, he established himself in Norwich, where he has since built up a large and successful practice. In 1895 he went to Europe, and studied under the most celebrated specialists in London, Paris, and Vienna. Since his return he has devoted himself to special work. He has been a constant contributor to the medical press, and has occupied important editorial positions. Possessed of an inventive faculty, he has devised several important instruments, among which is the torsiometer, which has attracted much notice.
     
In 1886 Dr. Brewer was married to Miss Alice L. Boardman, of Norwich. Her parents were Clement and Louisa (Prentice) Boardman, of whom the latter is living. Mrs. Brewer's grandfather, General Mott, a civil engineer, drew the plans for the fortifications at New London, and accompanied the expedition that captured Ticonderoga. Her greatgrandfather, General John Tyler, served in the Revolutionary War, having command of forces in the Newport and Long Island expeditions. Dr. and Mrs. Brewer have one child, Alice. Dr. Brewer votes with the Republican party. He is a member of the regular medical asso ciations of the county, State, and country, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In religion he is a Congregationalist and a member of the Broadway Congregational Church. The family reside at 18 Washington Street, where he built his dwelling and office in 1891.

Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens 
of New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 218 - 220

S. Leroy BLAKE D.D.
Henry W. BLANCHE
John A. BOWEN
Francis Nelson BRAMAN
Capt. Dudley A. BRAND
Charles Erskine BRAYTON
Edward P. BREWER M.D.
Frederick H. BREWER
Louisa J. BREWER
Hon. John BREWSTER
Joshua E. BROCKWAY
George G. BROMLEY
William F. BROUGHTON
Alfred Fanning BROWN
Henry Augustus BROWN
Israel F. BROWN
James A. BROWN
Lucius Dwight BROWN
Theophilus BROWN
William J. BROWN
James F. BUGBEE
James BULKLEY
Capt. Billings BURCH
Horace O. BURCH
William Henry BURDICK
Austin J. BUSH
William Herbert BUSH


 
 

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